In a surprise announcement last week, Stephen Mackey, co-founder and owner of Notaviva Vineyards west of Hillsboro, said the company, he, his wife, Shannon, and their three sons will be relocating to Colorado.
The Mackeys plan to set up shop as an urban winery near Colorado Springs, in Woodland Park, CO. Hunt Country Sotheby’s International Realty is marketing the sale of the 42-acre Notaviva property on Sagle Road west of Hillsboro.
Stephen Mackey is CEO of the wine operation, while Shannon is COO.
Stephen Mackey said that a key concern has been trying to raise three growing boys in a small apartment underneath the winery’s 4,500 square-foot tasting room, and that the transition would be the best thing for the family.
The decision to move to Colorado and develop an “urban winery” stemmed from a realization that the wine production business did not have to be tied to their home and farm. Rather, the company’s focus on pairing wine with music is hindered by its remote location in a rural area, he said. It would also eliminate the time constraints imposed by the farming side of the business.
The couple’s vision involves a customer tasting room enhanced by interactive digital media technologies, to redefine customer expectations and preconceived notions about the enjoyment of wine.
The expansion of the Mackeys’ web design and development company, Mesh Omnimedia, also appears a key focus of the move. The business was founded in 2008, “almost as an aside to the winery,” he said.
Mesh Omnimedia recently was awarded a five-year subcontracting project for a federal agency—and that gives the Mackeys the opportunity “to raise the company to a higher level, to where we could be a world-class creative agency,” Stephen Mackey said.
Mesh Omnimedia will continue to operate fully in downtown Leesburg, with the Mackeys flying in regularly and remaining active members of the Loudoun business community, Stephen Mackey said.
At the same time, it was a strategic decision to place Mesh Omnimedia in Colorado Springs, to locate the company near all the technology companies that support the defense industry there, and just a short drive from the Denver Tech Center, Mackey said.
“[It] positions Mesh as the only creative agency with offices in both the Denver and Dulles technology corridors,” he said.
And, while leaving their timber frame home and business will be difficult, the Mackeys say they are fine with it passing to other hands.
“It was our vision, passion and hard work that brought it to life for the betterment not only of the rural community but for the thousands of people who have visited, and hopefully will continue to visit far into the future,” he said.
The Mackeys plan to continue their family farming, raising their own livestock and producing as much of their own food as possible.
The farm, tasting room, production facility and vineyard are listed at $2.192 million. For more information, contact Janeen Marconi with Hunt Country Sotherby’s International Realty: [email protected].